Seven of Swords
Feast day of Saint Nicolas
The first edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica published.
Painter Frédéric Bazilleborn in in Montpellier, France.
Thomas Alva Edison makes the first sound recording by reciting and recording the nursery rhyme Mary had a Little Lamb.
Poet and author Osbert Sitwell born in London, England.
Lyricist Ira Gershwin born in New York City.
Photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt born in Dirschau, West Prussia, Imperial Germany.
Actress Agnes Moorehead (Citizen Kane) born in Clinton, Massachusetts.
Gangster George 'Baby Face' Nelson, born in Willmette, Illinois.
Jazz pianist Dave Brubeck born in Concord, California.
U.S. federal judge John M. Woolsey rules that James Joyce's novel Ulysses is not obscene.
Editorial cartoonist Doug Marlette born in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Vladimir Nabokov finishes his controversial novel Lolita.
The Rolling Stones play a concert at the Altamont Speedway in Livermore, California.
One spectator is stabbed by the Hell's Angel who were hired as security guards.